RUBY & Liam AW14 at Wellington Fashion Week

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In the function room of Wellington’s buzz-eatery: PREFAB, an excited crowd of people gathered to sip Stolen Rum cocktails and anticipate a great show. And the RUBY & Liam duo know how to put one on. The buzz before and after the show was equally as interesting as the show itself. I get the feeling that it was not just a coincidence.

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The attendees, dressed in their best, were a din of conversation. Photographers wove their ways through the crowd to snap their stand-outs. The party-vibe of the pre-show drinks set a great atmosphere for the clothing. The drinks were really good, and they did not stop coming. I imagine the canapes carried around by aproned waitstaff were made by the PREFAB kitchen. If so, the rumours of Prefab’s sensational food are true.

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Liam kicked off the show with a light and clean Autumn/Winter collection “Perception” for 2014. There is nothing outlandish or extreme about the clothing; it wins its allure from clever cutting and detailing on a refined palette. The show started with ready-to-wear looks which were nonchalantly cool and simple. The show ended with some stunning gowns: nothing dramatic, just understated fun but beautiful pieces.

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RUBY follow with an equally cool collection. Entitled “The Dreamers”, the clothing was simple, but fun. The jumble of prints, fabrics and colours were messy, but well considered. Greys and black made many appearances, but the collection remained light and playful. The outfits were pared back, but still gave a strong impression of the overall feeling. The was nothing over the top, and it didn’t take itself too seriously which was nice.

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After the shows, people hung around to discuss the show and make the most of the rum cocktails. The drinks, venue, music and atmosphere told the story of the clothing as well as the show. It was a very clever show, not just for the clothing, but for the way it was curated. The cocktails were really good too.

– Steven.

Author: Steven Park

I live in Auckland and am currently doing my Honours in Fine Arts at Elam. I run a design label called "6x4", where I make clothing, furniture, home-ware and other exciting things. Say hello if you see me walking around! Read More

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